Posts for: February, 2018
Over the years, your teeth may lose their shape and become jagged, rough, or chipped at the edges. If your smile has lost its shape, the solution for your teeth may be tooth contouring and reshaping, a treatment that's available from your dentist in St. Petersburg, FL Dr. Rosemarie Márquez.
What Is Tooth Contouring & Reshaping?
Your tooth enamel is strong and resilient when healthy, but it is still vulnerable to damage from eating, tooth grinding, injuries, and enamel erosion. Chips and bumps along the edges of a tooth are very visible—especially when they're showing in the front of your mouth. Tooth contouring and reshaping allow your St. Petersburg, FL dentist to restore a natural and attractive shape to your teeth.
Dental Contours Matter
If you take a close look at the details and nuances of a perfect “Hollywood smile,” you’ll notice that the edges are smooth and slightly rounded. Each tooth is also uniformly sized so that one tooth isn't longer than another. The way your teeth are shaped and contoured can also make your smile look more feminine or masculine.
Issues that Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Can Fix
These are a few cases where you might want to opt for this solution:
- Rough ridges on the surfaces of the teeth.
- Pointed or jagged front teeth.
- Square or box-shaped teeth.
- Two front teeth that are longer than the others.
- Minor gaps between the teeth (contoured after a dental bonding treatment).
Reshape Your Smile
Call (727) 345-1774 today to schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. Rosemarie Márquez at her office in St. Petersburg, FL to ask about tooth contouring and reshaping.
Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.
How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.
Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.
What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None â??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.
Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.
So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”